Feeding the Butterflies (and their larvae)
by Frances Cincotta
I always feel chuffed when I see for myself or hear from Newstead Natives customers that the indigenous plants I propagate are providing habitat for local fauna. Sometimes it happens before the plants even leave the nursery!
Grass-blue or Clover Blue Butterfly Zizina labradus on Matted Bush-pea. Photographed by Frances Cincotta, 14 Nov 2014
This Grass-blue, also in my greenhouse, has just laid 2 eggs on the underside of an Indigofera australis leaflet (look below antennae). Photo by Bonnie Humphreys, 14 Nov 2014.
Planning ahead – laying eggs on the food plant of her offspring
Rear view photo by Bonnie Humphreys
Thanks to Tony Morton of Vaughan for identifying the butterfly. He says it feeds on a wide variety of legumes including Indigofera.
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